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Virtual care after surgery may be more convenient for patients

Virtual follow-up care for surgical patients provides as much face time with doctors as in-person care, according to a new study.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many surgical patients are being offered virtual follow-up appointments instead of in-person visits, the researchers noted.

Their study included 400 patients who had minimally invasive laparoscopic removal of their appendix or gallbladder at two North Carolina hospitals. They were randomly assigned to a post-discharge virtual or in-person visit.

The study began in August 2017 but was put on hold in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only 64% of patients completed the follow-up visit.

Lead author Dr. Carolina Reinke said sometimes people are feeling so well after minimally invasive surgery that they don’t bother with the follow-up.

Total clinic time was longer for in-person visits than virtual visits — 58 minutes versus 19 minutes — but patients in both groups spent the same amount of time with a member of their surgical team — 8.3 minutes versus 8.2 minutes — discussing their recovery.

The findings were presented this month at a virtual meeting of the American College of Surgeons. Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary.

“I think it’s really valuable for patients to understand that, in the virtual space scenario, they are still going to get quality time with their surgical team,” said Reinke, an associate professor of surgery at Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C. “A virtual appointment does not shorten that time, and there is still an ability to answer questions, connect, and address ongoing medical care.”

This is one of the first studies to compare virtual follow-up visits and face-to-face surgery follow-ups, according to the researchers.

“Other studies have looked at the total visit time, but they haven’t been able to break down the specific amount of time the patient spends with the provider. And we wanted to know if that was the same or different between a virtual visit and an in-person visit,” Reinke said.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on telemedicine.

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Virtual Care After Surgery May Be More Convenient For Patients | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Virtual follow-up care for surgical patients provides as much face time with doctors as in-person care, according to a new study.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many surgical patients are being offered virtual follow-up appointments instead of in-person visits, the researchers noted.

Their study included 400 patients who had minimally invasive laparoscopic removal of their appendix or gallbladder at two North Carolina hospitals. They were randomly assigned to a post-discharge virtual or in-person visit.

The study began in August 2017 but was put on hold in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only 64% of patients completed the follow-up visit. Lead author Dr. Carolina Reinke said sometimes people are feeling so well after minimally invasive surgery that they don’t bother with the follow-up.

Total clinic time was longer for in-person visits than virtual visits (58 minutes versus 19 minutes), but patients in both groups spent the same amount of time with a member of their surgical team (8.3 minutes versus 8.2 minutes) discussing their recovery.

The findings were presented Saturday at a virtual meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary.

“I think it’s really valuable for patients to understand that, in the virtual space scenario, they are still going to get quality time with their surgical team,” said Reinke, an associate professor of surgery at Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C. “A virtual appointment does not shorten that time, and there is still an ability to answer questions, connect, and address ongoing medical care.”

This is one of the first studies to compare virtual follow-up visits and face-to-face surgery follow-ups, according to the researchers.

“Other studies have looked at the total visit time, but they haven’t been able to break down the specific amount of time the patient spends with the provider. And we wanted to know if that was the same or different between a virtual visit and an in-person visit,” Reinke said.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on telemedicine.

Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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Future Care, Inc. Partners With 1Health.io to Bring Easy and Convenient COVID-19 Testing to the Maritime Industry

Saliva Tests Can Be Administered Anywhere, Helping the Shipping and Cruise Line Industries Return to Sea

Future Care, Inc., an international medical management and cost containment service provider exclusively to the maritime industry, today announced it has partnered with 1Health.io, the leading technology company that provides precision testing as a service, to provide saliva-based COVID-19 tests to ship owners, managers and crew members traveling to United States ports.

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1Health.io empowers partners with the ability to offer convenient, non-invasive, and remote options for precision diagnostic testing. Partners can offer patients, customers or employees diagnostic testing that eliminates inconvenient or even risky visits to testing centers while also eliminating long wait times for results. 1Health.io’s platform allows partners, like Future Care, to launch their private, secure and scalable testing portal quickly, and to have tracking and reporting that is essential for supporting a large distributed team.

“Given that many of our clients are not based in the United States and their ships spend only a brief time in a US port our ability through 1Health.io to have the crew self-administer the test while here and see their results onboard ship or at home via the individual secure portal in 48 hours is a welcome resource for our clients,” said Christina DeSimone, Future Care’s President and CEO. “The 1Health.io testing platform has proved to be a gamechanger in maritime COVID-19 testing, and we fully expect that it will help the cruise ship crews return to work, safely, when the time comes.”

1Health.io provides testing as a service, enabling partners to easily deploy, manage, and personalize testing at scale. The company pioneered the concept first in the field of DNA testing with a simple self-administered COVID-19 saliva test that was authorized by the FDA under EUA earlier this year.

Early in the pandemic, cruise ships sitting in United States ports were identified as a high-risk environment due to the high density of passengers and crew. As cruise lines prepare for reopening in late 2020 and 2021, Future Care is prepared to assist the industry through the use of 1Health.io’s test kits both in promoting infection-free re-boarding through easy to administer self-testing conducted prior to boarding.

“We aim to make precision testing easy and accessible for everyone and have developed the first technology infrastructure that makes precision testing into a service that our partners can use to launch testing in days to any of their customers anywhere in the country,” said Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of 1Health.io. “Crew members in the maritime industry, both of private cruise lines and commercial shipping, are often dispersed across the country before they meet for departure. Our saliva-based COVID-19 tests allow the crew to take the test wherever they are in the United States, so they can get back to work quickly and safely, without any delays from trying to find a testing site in a new city or lab lag times.”

The tests can be taken